Subpoenaed anti-war activists ditch grand jury

January 25, 2011

Associated Press

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Subpoenaed anti-war activists in Chicago have missed a federal grand jury hearing and say they won't cooperate with investigators.

Maureen Murphy says she's one of nine activists ordered to appear at Chicago's Dirksen Federal Building on Tuesday morning. She didn't go to court, and she says the others didn't either.

Murphy calls the subpoenas a "fishing expedition" meant to silence the anti-war movement.

More than 20 anti-war activists around the country have been subpoenaed since September, when the FBI raided the homes of several organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis.

Federal officials have said they can't comment on grand jury matters. But warrants suggest agents were looking for connections between activists and groups in Colombia and the Middle East.

None of the activists have been charged.